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The stage set for start of work on Dwarka Expressway connecting Delhi with Commercial Metropolis Gurugram

Construction of the Dwarka Expressway a Eight lane highway linking National Capital Delhi with Commercial Metropolis Gurugram in Haryana is set to start by the month-end, following the transfer of land by Gurugram authorities to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Nearly seventy per cent of the 30 kilometer Expressway is in Haryana and rest in the Union Territory of Delhi.

The project connecting Gurugram with Western part of the National Capital has been in the pipeline for over a decade but could not take off due to interstate ramifications. A Metro railway line was also planned in this segment nearly ten years ago but has not taken off so far. Traffic congestion in this segment is so high that NHAI has removed the toll plaza enroute which was contributing to the holdup of traffic, two years ago. During peak hours vehicles have to wait for hours together to gain entry into Gurugram from Delhi.

Officials said the work will be done in four parts — from Mahipalpur on NH-8 to Kherki Daula. The transfer was completed after a joint inspection of the entire stretch, the Haryana Shahari Vikas Prdhikaran (HSVP) officials said. The highway has been named Dwarka, the largest sub city in the National capital adjoining Gurugram from where the Expressway starts from the Delhi end..

Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), earlier Huda, Haryana government's Urban Development Agency handed over a 10.2-kilometre stretch between Delhi-Gurugram border and the Basai rail over bridge (ROB) to the National Highways Authority of India  (NHAI) on November 29, said officials. The transfer paves the way for the start of work on the third segment of the road project.

NHAI is building the Dwarka Expressway in four segments — a five-kilometer stretch from Shiv Murti to Dwarka underpass, a 4.5-km stretch from Dwarka underpass to Haryana border, a 10.2-km stretch from the Haryana border to Basai rail over bridge and a 8.7-km stretch from Basai rail over bridge to NH-8, up to the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR).

The third and fourth segments of the project will cost Rs1,333 crore and Rs1,047 crore, respectively, officials said. The total length of the Dwarka Expressway is 29 kilometers, of which 18.9km is in Gurugram and the rest in Delhi.

Mr.Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator, HSVP, Gurugram, said that HSVP and GMDA of Delhi government worked in collaboration to ensure that the right of way for the Dwarka Expressway was handed over to NHAI at the earliest.

“Right now, the stretch between Basai railway over bridge and Haryana border has been handed over to the (highways) authority. As the contract has already been awarded, we expect the work to start soon. There were technical and revenue-related issues that needed to be resolved for the transfer,” said Khare.

HSVP officials are also working on transferring the stretch between Basai railway over bridge and the intersection, up to the starting point of Central Peripheral Road (CPR), next week. While the land for the other phases in Gurugram is yet to be transferred to the NHAI, permission for felling trees on the land acquired in Delhi is awaited.

A senior NHAI official said that L&T, which has been awarded the contract, has set up two construction camps. “Work on the project will formally start by the end of the month,” he said.

The Haryana government's urban development agency has assured the NHAI that obstacles which could come in the way of commencement of work would be cleared within 30 days.

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